Popular priest is mourned by many

Father Joseph Hothersall (dec)
Father Joseph Hothersall (dec)
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Scores of people turned out for the funeral of popular Catholic priest, Father Joseph Hothersall, who has died aged 78.

Originally a teacher, Fr Joe Hothersall served as parish priest of St Maria Goretti in Preston from 1981 to 2003, before moving on to be parish priest at Hill Chapel, Goosnargh. He later retired to the Lake District.

When he died last month, the Bishop of Lancaster agreed that he should return to where he was loved and well known.

His coffin was taken to the Church of St Maria Goretti at 7pm on July 28, where a Deanery Mass and the reception of the body took place.

The following day the Bishop of Lancaster, The Very Rev Michael Campbell, concelebrated his Requiem Mass. This was followed by a burial at Hill Chapel, Goosnargh.